Social Media timelines have been replete with messages marking tribute to the recently deceased actor Chadwick Boseman. If one were to analyze trends on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or TikTok they would be inundated with tributes in honor of the man who brought the African Avenger to life on the big screen.
So much respect for this man. https://t.co/rfCIbIGZRM— Ben Stiller (@RedHourBen) August 30, 2020
Obviously, this would include his co-stars in the 23-film Marvel Cinematic Universe as well as multiple directors, producers, executives and screenwriters. Even DC Comics, home of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, who Marvel Comics founder Stan Lee jokingly referred to as the “Distinguished Competition,” paid respects to the fallen portrayer of the King of Wakanda.
To a hero who transcends universes. Wakanda Forever. Rest in Power Chadwick. pic.twitter.com/F5YhIbK4wg— DC (@DCComics) August 29, 2020
RIP King. pic.twitter.com/u1ejb4gcHb— Zack Snyder (@ZackSnyder) August 29, 2020
However, observant Marvel fans were swift to identify one particular Avenger who had remained silent. Elizabeth Olsen, who plays the Avenger Wanda Maximoff, code-named “Scarlet Witch,” hadn’t made any recognition of the 43-year-old Boseman’s untimely passing as nearly all of her comic book movie industry colleagues have.
Those avid fans absolutely let her have it online. The onslaught was so severe that Olsen deleted her Instagram page. Olsen is noted to be an infrequent user of the medium often leaving elongated lapses between posts prior to the unfortunate news.
Olsen has portrayed the super-powered Avenger since 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. She made three additional appearances in Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, and the saga-ending Avengers: Endgame.
Since then, Marvel Studios announced a move to produce programming for the Disney+ streaming service. A series focusing on her character and her significant other has been announced titled, “WandaVision,” is scheduled to debut later this year.
Several have prognosticated a likely return to Instagram for Olsen to assist with the show’s promotional efforts.
Others have come out in support of the actor, noting the various ways in which people grieve and advocated for fans and mourners of Boseman to allot some space for her.
Twitter fan account, username @LizzieContent, tweeted, “Elizabeth Olsen has deactivated her instagram possibly due to people making rude comments about her not posting about Chadwick”…”We all grieve differently and take longer to process death. Lizzie was close to Chadwick so she was probably still in shock.”
Elizabeth Olsen has deactivated her instagram possibly due to people making rude comments about her not posting about Chadwick— Elizabeth Olsen Access (@LizzieContent) August 29, 2020
We all grieve differently and take longer than others to process death. Lizzie was close to Chadwick so she was probably still in shock. pic.twitter.com/gJ6HbK3meG
If we have learned anything in the Black Panther star’s untimely tragedy, perhaps we can all be a little less judgmental and a bit more patient; especially with a loss of this magnitude.